Julianne Moore, Felicity Jones and more vie for gold.
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Felicity Jones ("The Theory of Everything")
Pros: In a weak year for the category, Focus Features saw reason to push Jones as a lead actress. But it's not opportunism, either, as the story is as much Jane Hawking's as it is its legendary subject, if not more. And Jones delivers.
Cons: Some might not see it that way, however, and Jones could lose votes to herself in supporting. That is, after all, where roles like this tend to find support. Every year is different, though.
- Kristopher Tapley